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The Lord has done it!

Isaiah 44:6-23, Andrew Love, June 3, 2018


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • Re-reading v21-23
  • Rich imagery, difficult to know what to preach on
    • Initially thinking of preaching on v24-28
    • Wanted to speak on v22
  • Desire is to bring the big texts from Isaiah
  • We have been looking at a variety of texts:
    • Explanation
  • The theme of the latter half of chapter 44: redemption (v23,24)
    • Isaiah is a prophet writing before the exile into Babylon
    • He writes how God will redeem them in Babylon
      • 44:28-45:1 - the man who will bring them back: Cyrus
    • Israel may feel that God has forgotten them
    • Isaiah speaks both of judgment to come and redemption
  • The theme of redemption is a picture of the greater redemption in Jesus Christ
    • v22 should be applied to us today
  • Overview:
    • No greater privilege (v21)
    • No greater work (v22)
    • No greater joy (v23)

No Greater Privilege (v21)

  • "O Israel you have not been forgotten by me"
    • They could not sacrifice in Babylon
    • They thought and felt that God had forgotten them
  • Isaiah reminds Israel that they are still God's servant
    • They are formed - chosen and fashioned
      • A contrast to the idolaters previously referenced
      • This is not a new thought - 43:1
    • God has formed and fashioned us
      • God has not left us in this dark world
      • He tells us to stand up and be counted
      • 44:1-2
    • Israel were the smallest people group
      • He carried them into the promised land
      • They are still his children
  • There is no greater privilege than to be a servant of God
    • He reminds them twice in v21
    • God has chosen us and called us by grace
    • God has called us to be children of God
      • If you are not a child of God - remember that God extends His hand to all people

No Greater Work (v22)

  • No greater work that the work of redemption
    • There is no greater problem that sin
    • Isa 59:2
    • There is no greater work than to remove sin
  • Explanation of sin
    • It prevents our prayers getting through to God
    • It means God's face is hidden from us
    • It means we cannot get to God
    • There is no greater work that to remove sin and His judgment & wrath
  • This is the gospel
  • The work has already been done
    • You are a redeemed people (v22)
    • The Lamb was slain before the foundation of the world
    • Isaiah had seen the sins were to be laid on Jesus Christ (and could not be dealt with through the temple)
      • Have you ever thought of the weight of sin laid upon Jesus Christ?
      • Example of lady in the flood - such love, but an awful thing to see
      • Not just the weight of sin but the justice of God poured upon Him
    • God smote His Son that the full face of His love might be upon us
      • That we might be able to have a relationship with God
    • Example of a ledger
  • There is no greater work than this
    • On the basis of such redeeming love - return to Me
      • The backslider can return to God
    • If you have never known Christ, look at the cross and believe

No Greater Joy (v23)

  • Metaphoric language - all creation sings
    • Nature praises God
    • Isaiah says let the earth rejoice
  • Why? Because the curse has been removed
  • Repeated theme:
    • Isa 49:13
      • If creation rejoices, how much more should we rejoice!
    • Isa 61:10
  • Why? Because He has done it!
  • Why? Because God is forever with us and will never forget us

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church


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